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Special Issue "Forest Management Certification"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics and Human Dimensions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ioan Vasile Abrudan

Transilvania Univ Brasov, Fac Silviculture & Forest Engn, Dept Silviculture, Sirul Beethowen St 1, Brasov 500123, Romania
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Interests: afforestation; forest management certification; forestry policy and strategy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past two decades, forest management and chain of custody certification have been among the areas with the most dynamic evolution in the in the field of forestry at a global level. According to official figures of the FAO, the two major certification schemes—the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)—reported a joined global total of 497 million hectares of certified forest in 2017, and in many countries, the majority of round-wood originates from certified forests. This figure demonstrates the importance of certification as an instrument used for the market identification of wood products originating from sustainably managed forests. Although forest certification is a voluntary mechanism, governments also play an important role in the forest certification process both as authorities setting out policies as well as regulatory and institutional frameworks, and as forest owners and buyers of wood products. Is forest certification an effective instrument for better forest management and conservation? How do the general public and the professionals consider its impact and relevance? Does forest certification really improve forest governance? Does it have a significant impact on the timber market? Is it associated with socio-economic benefits? This Special Issue aims at collecting research articles which try to find answers to such questions, evaluating how forest certification contributes to the sustainable management of forests and the development of society.

Prof. Dr. Ioan Vasile Abrudan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • forest certification
  • chain of custody
  • governance
  • forest policy
  • timber market
  • public perception

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Does Forest Certification Addressing The Issue Of Harvesting For Needs (Tebang Butuh) In Indonesian Certified Small And Low Intensity Managed Forests?    
Authors: Hermudananto, Nunuk Supriatno
2. Title: The Success of Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification among Value-Added Wood Products Manufacturers in Malaysia and its Economic Implications on the Industry".

Authors: Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Florin Ioras, Hazirah Ab Latib and Lim Choon Liat.
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